Bryce Canyon National Park Projects
Bryce Canyon, Utah
This 22-fixture comfort station was designed to replace the existing 4-fixture facility which was inadequate to meet the needs of the ten thousand visitors per day during peak season.
The 1,500 sf replacement facility is carefully sited among mature trees near a prime picnic area and trailhead. Amenities include separate family restrooms, boot wash stations, a free standing frost-free drinking fountain, interpretive panels, skylights, and the ability to close half of the facility during winter. Due to National Park Service requirements for sprinklers, a new water service was designed to be sensitively rock-trenched to the site.
The exterior materials, patterns and colors of the comfort station are in keeping with the other recent developments throughout the park, which are modern reinterpretations of Gilbert Stanley Underwood’s 1925 rustic lodge.
The historic Bryce Canyon Lodge, built by the Union Pacific Railroad from 1924-28, was designed by famed architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood. For the roof, Underwood called for a striking, wavy shingle pattern to create the illusion of undulation, and for it to be green in color to blend with the surrounding ponderosa pine forest. The Lodge was last shingled in 1985, and those shingles had deteriorated, and Underwood’s wavy coursing had not been executed correctly.
This project entailed the design of the reroof for replication of the wavy shingle courses with western red cedar shingles, treated for fire resistance, and stained to match the historic green color. As with the original roof, each shingle is individually cut on two sides in a keystone or trapezoidal shape. The Lodge features seven stone chimneys with flashing, exterior lumber framing, and multiple tiers, dormers, hips, and six different pitches, all of which made the execution complicated. The total shingled roof area is approximately 26,300 sf.